tv The FOX Report With Shepard Smith FOX News August 11, 2009 7:00pm-8:00pm EDT
-- bret: ready for the e-mails. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. we will see you tomorrow. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- shepard: protesters protesters n hall meetings, challenging the president's health-care proposals, and today, it got a fiery. the news starts now. the showdowns so far -- explosive. >> wait a minute. >> you and your cronies in the government do this kind of stuff all the time. shepard: today, president obama got a chance to hold a town hall meeting of his own. >> i do hope that we will talk with each other and not over each other. shepard: now, what happened when the president took his turn.
shepard: well, tonight, we are seeing an epidemic. it is dark, i know, but we will fix it. it mirrors some of the dark rage and rhetoric in america. supporters of president obama -- supporters and critics of president obama's proposed health-care reform have been shouting at each other all across america. democrats have been arranging some of these meetings to sell president obama's healthcare plan, but opponents of that plan have been showing up in force. some driven by personal beliefs. others perhaps by politics and certainly encouraged by talk- show hosts. some of the most controversial moments we have seen came at a town hall meeting today in pennsylvania. the post -- republican turned democratic senator arlen specter. >> if you want to stay in the hall, we are not going to tolerate any demonstrations or
going, so it is up to you. >> what it says is as a 74-year- old man, if you develop cancer, we are pretty much going to write you off. >> nobody 74 is going to be written off because they have cancer. that is a vicious, malicious, untrue rumors. you want to be let out of here, you are welcome to go. wait a minute, you want to leave, leave. >> i am going to speak my mind before i leave because your people told me i could. i called your office, and i was told i could speak, and then, when i was lied to because i came prepared to speak, and instead, you would not let anybody speak. [applause] i'm not a lobbyist with all kind of money to stocks in your pocket -- stuff in your pocket so that you can keep the
citizens of this country. so i will leave, and you can do whatever the hell you are pleased to do. >> okay, we have just had a demonstration of democracy. ok? shepard: and there was more action at senator mccaskill's town hall meeting in missouri where people tried to carry in posters. >> no signs, ladies. it is ok. i will tell them. stop. ma'am? you are not helping, okay? you are not helping. shepard: eventually, the police took charge, and the town hall continued. just a sample of what has gone on today. president obama held a town hall meeting of his own in a venture, his first since all these protests and disruption got started -- town hall meeting of his own in new hampshire. no pushing and shoving, but he did, on what has been happening,
and he accused opponents of using scare tactics and misinformation to fight reform. >> i hope we will talk with each other and not over each other. where we disagree, let's disagree over things that are real, not these wild misrepresentations that bear no resemblance to anything that has actually been proposed. [applause] shepard: the president shot down what he calls the limit that the house bill includes a billdeath panel. it does not. he even suggested the idea of end of life counseling came from a republican. -- what he calls the rumor that the house bill includes a death panel. >> johnny isaacson from north dakota does support advice of wills and power of attorney. he says he does not support any kind of government panel providing advice on end of life issues.
to put a finer point on it, the senator also opposes the democratically drafted senate health care bill as well. shepard: the president kept asking for questions from skeptics, but they did not find any, and it is my understanding that they were in charge of who was in there, right? >> the white house distributed about 70% of the tickets by lottery if you signed up on their website. the other 30% were sympathetic politicians in the general area. the president did look for skeptics. at one point, he said, he did not want people to think he had a bunch of plants out there. one woman who said she was kind of skeptical was weak at -- winked at by the president, and she more or less melted and there went the skeptical question. outside, it was a bit more
rockets. new england brought to america the idea and reality of town hall democracy several centuries ago. on the streets, there were voices in direct opposition to one another, sure each other have the relevant facts. >> if you see have a, you will realize it is evil. it is pure evil. >> i think that obama has the right idea, and i'm tired of people that do not believe in giving everyone the opportunity to survive. there is nothing out there for euthanasia or death panels. >> there you have it. pure evil and human rights and the right idea. i guess that puts it in a nutshell. shepard: thank you. a congressman accused of losing his temper after being questioned about health care has now found a swastika on a sign outside his office. it happened after local media showed a tape of the georgia democrat, david scott, accusing people of hijacking a public meeting by asking about health care. the meeting was supposed to be
about transportation issues. listen. >> not a single one of you had the decency to call my office and set up for a meeting. ok? then do that. do that. shepard: congressman scott says he plans to hold a public meeting about health care this week. developing now -- word that the recovery teams have found the remaining victims from a mid-air collision. nine people died when a small plane collided with a taurus helicopter in the skies of -- tourist helicopter in disguise off of manhattan. the bodies recovered are believed to be those of the pilot's plane -- the plane's pilot and passenger. it is not clear whether both parties were in the wreckage of the plane, which had been resting in about 60 feet of water, we're told. earlier today, diverse attached chains and straps to the debris,
and they were able to haul a large section of it from the river, and you see that here. the aircraft had just taken off from teterboro airport in new jersey. minutes into the flight, witnesses say one of the plane's wings clipped the back of this tourist helicopter. those images from the seconds right after the collision seen here as both aircraft plummeted toward the hudson river. crews recovered most of the wreckage over the weekend, and just hours ago, we learned a small place where a police submersible robot retrieved more of the helicopter from the bottom. another crew that will help investigators try to figure out why this crash happened and how to possibly make these guys a little bit safer. rick has been covering this from the start. you just got some firsthand experience with a small aircraft safety yourself, right? >> i did, and these guys are friendlier, we find out, then people might think. over the hudson, small planes and helicopters can chart their own path before -- below 1,100 feet.
pilots do not even have to file a flight path of anyone, and that is true of most of the nation. >> look at this. we are flying. >> with a bit of instruction and a small fee, almost anyone can take the controls of a single- engine piper, joining more than 215,000 pilots already licensed to fly private airplanes in the u.s. seems like it would be pretty easy not to see another airplane. >> you are right. it would be. >> mid-air collisions are rare, but it might prevent them by collision avoidance systems, and are not required as long as private pilots stay out of restricted airspace near metropolitan areas. without the extra gear, pilots rely on their eyes to scan the skies, known as the sea and avoid message. >> the system is not as safe as it could be because a lot of aircraft do not have to have some of the most basic safety equipment there is.
>> when we are flying out the hinterlands of kansas or new mexico and there is not another airplane within 100 miles, it does not make sense to have that kind of equipment, and the statistics support it. >> i have not seen any air traffic. >> in the uncongested airspace, even close to a metropolitan area, there's not that much. second, you will not see them until they get really close. >> we did not see a single other plane until out -- although it through our 40-minute flight yesterday until nearly landing. there are 225 small planes and helicopters flying every single day over the area, so there are calls for tighter restrictions. not just here but across the nation. shepard: thanks. our money is still at risk. just ahead, a new report that says some banks could yet fail.
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shepard: the financial crisis that rocked wall street over the past year is not over yet. even as big banks report better than expected earnings, a new report is out by congressional watchdog, which concludes the industry is still threatened by billions of dollars worth of bad loans on their balance sheets. the congressional oversight panel, which was created as part of the bank bailout, says -- the report warns that more banks could fail should the economy continued to worsen. the panel reports small banks are especially vulnerable since only the 19 largest banks were subject to the stress tests, showing how they perform under
extreme economic strain. the report goes on to say that many of the government's efforts are working to stabilize the financial system. new information tonight about the firing of several federal prosecutors during george bush's administration. remember back in 2006, the justice department fired a handful of united states attorneys. the critics said at the time the move was politically motivated. the administration at the time denied that. today, the chairman of the house judiciary committee released thousands of pages of documents about that investigation. >> the house judiciary committee shares as the 5400 pages of e- mails and other documents he released today showed the george w. bush white house was the driving force behind removal of a number of u.s. attorneys. he has given the documents to a special prosecutor, but the ranking republican on the committee says the documents contain no evidence of any wrongdoing. critics have long alleged the u.s. attorneys were removed for
political reasons. conyers focuses most on david iglesias, who in the mexico republicans felt was not tough enough on alleged voter fraud by democratic groups. e-mails showed mailsmiers and karl rove -- e-mails show harriet amiers a and karl rove help manage these. >> i have the responsibility take allegations of misuse of the office by a united states attorney and put them in the hands of the program people so those allegations could be reviewed. the charge was that the u.s. attorney of new mexico was treating an indictment in a completely political fashion. >> the documents to show how the white house struggles to make the case that the u.s. attorneys did not measure up. i 1 e-mail, the former press secretary, at the time a deputy, said some and give me oxygen, as she tried to make the case for
the attorney who prosecuted congressman newt cunningham. shepard: thanks for that. tonight, the justice department reports american refineries have bought millions of dollars worth of stolen oil. bought it from the mexican government. it is oil that is believed to have been smuggled across the border by drug cartels. rebranded development in the escalating threats along our border, and it is a sign that drug cartels may be expanding their operations. how did they pull this off? >> we are told that the drug cartels actually tap into remote pipelines down there in mexico and in some cases even built their own pipelines to siphon off hundreds of millions of dollars worth of oil. we also know that trammell petroleum negotiated deals to smuggle in a lot of that oil into the u.s., and they did so via truck and on barges. once it was here, they sold it to u.s. refineries, but we do not know which ones. listen.
>> the petroleum is originated in mexico. its ultimate destination is in the united states, and it moves through the chain of commerce in the united states. some of the companies and individuals are aware that the product is stolen, and some of them are not, and we are having to read through which ones know it and which ones do not. >> so the investigation continues tonight. shepard: what about americans? have any americans been charged? >> donald schroeder, who was president of trammell petroleum at the time, has already pleaded guilty for his involvement. you'll be sentenced in december. the company that he worked for has agreed to pay $2.4 million to the mexican government for money lost. the company also released a statement that reads in part -- shepard: thank you.
shepard: 3 american soldiers killed by roadside bombs in afghanistan, and the violence is ramping up ahead of the country's presidential elections next week. there were killed in separate attacks in southern afghanistan. so far this month, dozens of foreign soldiers have been killed in that country. last month, 75 troops died in the deadliest month in
afghanistan for u.s. and nato forces since the u.s. invasion in 2001. conner powell is streaming live from kabul where he is working tonight. >> there is about 100,000 international troops in afghanistan, including about 65,000 americans. as you said, it has been a deadly summer for international troops. the top american general said it will likely get worse before it gets better. the top priority for international and afghan soldiers is to stabilize this country ahead of the elections next thursday. the americans and british have launched a major operations down south so that afghans can vote next week. today, the afghan government announced their plan to protect voting stations around the country. 10,000 -- they're going to hire
nearly 10,000 militia fighters to protect these polling stations. there are concerns there are too many tribal militias in the country already, and they have spent a lot of money trying to disarm them, but u.s. an afghan officials say this was a plan that will help engage local afghans and ultimately provide a safer voting environment for them. shepard: conor powell in kabul early this morning, one of the newest members of the fair and balanced team. welcome. word of a bomb plot at american billon -- american military base, and we're told that it has been stopped. kuwait arrests six of its own citizens, whom they say were planning to attack a u.s. army camp used as a staging ground for troops heading into iraq. the united states has 15,000 troops currently based in kuwait. the kuwaitis say the suspects are members of a terror group that is linked to al qaeda.
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america. nevada -- the pilots put the chopper down on a bike trail in the lake mead national recreation area. a spokesman for the tour company says it was a large bird that hit the windshield. the glass cracked. none of the six passengers hurt. colorado -- officers tranquilizing and not mine that found its way into a shed. the home on the far eastern edge of denver about 6 miles from the city's airport. >> and not a line down here in the eastern plains? it is pretty unbelievable. shepard: the 65-pound cat was returned to the wild. kentucky -- soldiers returning home after a 15-month deployment. these troops responsible for making sure water, food, fuel, ammunition get to the soldiers who need it. >> it was worth it to do the job. we are in the army. we do what we have to do.
it is a sacrifice for us as well as our families. >> the soldiers have at least one year in the states before they can be deployed again. minnesota -- canterbury park is a horse racing track near minneapolis, but these are not horses. ostriches make up part of a day of extreme racing. apparently, it is a lot harder to ride an ostrich-a horse. the ostrich race was all for fun. no betting, but it is part of a fox watch across america. shepard: it is the bottom of the hour. now, the top of the news, and leading democratic lawmakers say they will not force the pentagon to buy them four extra jets. this became an issue in recent days after the pentagon had originally requested the money to buy a total of four planes. three military versions of a boeing 737, one military version of a smaller corporate
gulfstream jet, and they added four more into the budget. critics pointed out that some of the lawmakers that wanted the new jets with the same lawmakers that blasted corporate executives for their same use of jets. house dems are having a change of heart. >> i guess so. the chairman of the house defense appropriations committee released a statement, descending the new plans, saying they would be less costly to operate, but at the same time, he concedes that the department of defense does not want those aircraft, they will be eliminated from the bill, and the pentagon clearly does not want the extra aircraft. it wants four, not eight, new executive-style jets. they do that all the time,
especially if the adding benefits their constituents that home. that is the goal, apparently. the bill passed last month contained money for card eject the pentagon says it did not need, and an alternative engine for the newest warplane. the pentagon called that item a waste of money. shepard: thanks. how does this sound -- a car that gets 230 miles to the gallon. that is exactly what gm claims is the gas mileage for its new electric hybrid car, the chevy volt. the ceo of general motors calls it a game changer. if confirmed, it would be the first car with a triple digit gas mileage. the battery, by the way, can be recharged from a regular home out with periodic are expected to hit showrooms late next year. it is expected to have a price tag of about $40,000.
fox news is tracking h1n1, and health officials raced to produce vaccines for the virus worldwide. the number of infections and deaths from the flu strain continues to grow. now, india is reporting its first h1n1-related deaths. the country of more than 1 billion people is steering -- fearing a possible surge in cases with its normal full season are arriving at the same time as asian monsoon season. >> in india, people offering prayer is, holding a fire ritual, asking for protection against the worldwide pandemic. this young boy says, "we want to eradicate this one slip from our country. we praise the almighty that no child or human gets affected by the swine flu." panic is spreading, too. those call center is you get when you fill your bank could be affected. contingency plans are being put in place in the event h1n1
cripple's back offices. india's most famous industry -- bollywood -- has already been hit. two movies have had to postpone shoots. the who nasa's ever caught in has reported cases of h1n1. the most recent report reports of a 10,000 deaths in the period over 98,000 cases in the americas. the who estimates that h1n1 could eventually affect 2 billion people across the globe. they say it is pointless to count each new infection because the virus is now unstoppable. shepard: now that the united states has apparently taken out the taliban's leader in afghanistan, it is reportedly going after his followers. pakistani intelligence reports the u.s. missile hit a high of the lead to be used by the leader there. the pakistanis report at least eight suspected militants were
killed in that strike. the u.s. now says it is 90% sure that it killed masoud last week in trouble areas near afghanistan. the families of three young americans detained in iran have now sent out their first joint statement. in it, they say their children are just travelers with a great love of the world. it came from that statement issued today. the three have been in iran since the 31st of july. that is when it apparently wandered into that country mistakenly. their families say the three went into iraq by mistake during a hiking trip. in their statement today, the families said -- investigators are trying to figure out how michael jackson died, and today, their search
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shepard: new turn in the investigation of michael jackson's debt today, and it happened at a pharmacy in vegas. police and drug enforcement agencies -- agents showed up at applied pharmacies today, looking for records of prescriptions written for michael jackson by dr. conrad mary. he was jackson's personal physician. a law enforcement officials as agents found evidence that dr. murray bought a powerful anesthetic at the pharmacy.
the investigation has centered on that drug and whether the doctor gave it to jackson. police are looking into jackson's death as an manslaughter case. an incredibly dangerous car chase through the streets of where else but southern california today. look at this thing -- the driver going wrong way on a freeway on iran. other drivers swerving to avoid him. head of collisions seemed imminent from time to time. -- going wrong way on a freeway on a map -- onramp. the suspect blew through intersections without even slowing down. two more cup cars, up, and away he goes. he was not too cooperative. when the police finally caught up to him in somebody's driveway. there you go. it took a couple of officers to yank the guy out, and it seems he forgot to set his parking brake. almost ran over a walking officer and certainly hit the vehicle. sorry about the car, sir.
now, that roller-coaster mess in california. did you hear about this? it broke on the air here last night. investigators set to take apart that roller coaster in santa clara. they want to figure out why it jammed and just lets people stuck up there, two dozen of them for hours. they had to be rescued one by one. before it was over, it had been for a half hours. earlier today, i talked to someone who had been on that coast. he said everything was just fine until right before the end of the right. >> it was shaking, and we saw sparks from the top, and we saw pieces flyoff. then the right had stopped. we stayed there for a pretty long time. shepard: and denis told us each of his family members was on that right and each was given two tickets to get back in a park, and he says he will ride that coaster again. a second guilty plea in the bernie madoff megascheme.
his assistant admits he did help carry out that billion dollar ponzi scheme. madoff is already in prison, set to do 150 years. his former chief financial officer said today the transactions were all fake. he is being held on no bond. he faces up to 125 years in jail. murder indictments today for those accused of killing a wealthy couple from florida with 17 kids. police in the panhandle now work with the suspects broke into the home of the billings, shot them to death, robbed the place in a planned attack. today, these six men, one of his picture we do not have because he is a teenager, each face seven counts of first-degree murder and one count of home
invasion robbery. it gives prosecutors the option to pursue the death penalty. all of the suspects are due in court tomorrow. it is a new concept that could forever changed the way you reported an emergency. a 911 dispatch center in iowa has become the first in the nation to allow folks to skip the call for help and instead just send them a text message. makes sense for certain situations. we first told you about this last week, and now, the systems up and running. how is it working? jonathan is kind enough to join us before going away on vacation. who is more likely to text 911? >> the main point is to give the hearing impaired and a better way of communicating with 911 operators, but it is also expected that young people, who are already more likely to test ban talks on their cell phone, and there are instances in which someone in danger talking on a cell phone might put themselves in greater danger. for instance, if you are hiding
in a closet during a home intrusion. in this particular county in iowa, you can text 911. shepard: i wonder if they send you a text back so you know they received it. >> they do communicate two ways. the cost -- $400,000 to update the phone and computer systems. that is expensive, particularly when you consider that as of this morning, they had not received one single line 11 text, but they say it will be used eventually, and it is worth every penny. shepard: is the thinking that this will spread across the nation? >> most states say they want to do this. in fact, 48 states charge everyone who pays a cell phone built a fee designed to upgrade their 911 systems. it ranges from 20 cents to $1.50, but in these cash strapped times, a lot of that money is being diverted elsewhere. in new york, that $1.20 we are
all paying -- and a lot of it has gone to pay for uniforms for state police. shepard: ever watched "prices right"? you know they have those games where you try to decide in advance what something costs -- what about a 37-inch sony flat screen television? $100. too good to be true, right? it was. police in california are arrested a man accused of selling folks oven doors disguised as expensive televisions. we're told he had been selling the stakes in the parking lot of a wal-mart. the purchasing should have been inside the store. even package them with labels, stickers, and instruction booklets. he was originally stopped for driving with suspended license. have you noticed that we are right smack dab in the middle of a hurricane season, and we have not seen a single named storm in the atlantic? that may be about to change.
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shepard: fox weather alert. forecasters say a tropical depression over the atlantic is likely to become a tropical storm, and did so, it would be the first named storm on that side of the nation for the whole season. kind rare, really. look at when we saw our first tropical storms during the past three years. in 2008, tropical storm are performed on the last day of may. tropical storm andrea was also created in may. tropical storm alberto was detected in june of 2006, but here we are in august, and we are still waiting for a tropical storm named anna.
looks like this one could be it. >> could be. looks like it will be a tropical storm at least within the next 24 hours, but it is having a hard time getting together right now. what we are looking at is a really slow strengthening over the next three or four days. it looks like right now, it could very well stand out in the atlantic, which is a good thing. shepard: that would be nice of it. put this in context -- how rare is it for the first named storm to come this late? >> it is not that rare. you have to remember that we are in an el nino pattern. what happens there is it is sort of in reverse. you have the strong, upper level winds that will tear apart the storm. the westerly winds will just our to tear it apart, and it prevents a thunderstorm because it goes from a thunderstorm to a way to a tropical storm, so it
will just dissipate it. that is what has been going on. that is forecasted for the least the next several weeks, to be in this continued pattern. you have to remember, though, it just takes one storm. that is all we need. we saw that in 1992 with hurricane andrew, and that was a typical pattern that we did have. the late starts, if you will. august 30, look at that one, 1967. i think it was the 14th -- it was august 14. that is when we saw andrew. and that was a category five. very destructive, still considered one of the worst in our atlantic hurricane season. shepard: man alive, they went through a lot. good to see. maybe no storms this year. we can hope to hear you see you later. a nobel peace prize winner convicted by a myanmar court of
violating house arrest. . myanmar, william merritt to release of the nation sentencing aang su chi to 18 months of house arrest. she was put on trial for allowing an invited american to stay in her home. she has already spent 14 of the last 20 years in detention, mostly under house arrest. in a move to keep her from the political scene in the next elections. france -- a second night of violence in a housing project in a paris suburb. eight cars and it was torched by young people angry about the death of a teenager. for years, poverty, unemployment, an anchor have fuelled riots in the area. mexico -- the military showing reporters a large math lab discovered in a remote northern region. officers say it was used to process large amounts of marijuana as well.
soldiers found 22 buildings in the compound, including a luxury cabin. thailand -- a young elephant stock in a drainage ditch for more than three hours. the animal off somehow fell in backwards and was tightly wedged into the hole. rescuers needed equipment to wedge into the hole and missed the open. the rescue work -- ust ended well to the delighted the crowd. -- the rescue ended well. the international olympic committee is set to recommend that gulf become part of the lead in games. still ahead, tiger woods on whether he would go for the gold. . but first, the woman who founded the special olympics sounded the alarm that change the organization around world, and the way millions of people think about mentally challenged people. eunice kennedy shriver has died.
inspired by her mentally challenged older sister, seen here sitting on the ground, she ran a free summer camp in the early 1960's for children with mental disabilities. children who were not allowed into other camps at the time. that evolved into what we now know as the special olympics, founded in 1968, now more than 3 million men, women, and children from more than 160 countries compete. the white house saying she will be remembered as an extraordinary woman who as much as anyone caught our nation and our world that no physical or mental barrier can restrain the power of the human spirit. eunice kennedy shriver suffered several recent strokes. she died surrounded by her family in a massachusetts hospital this morning at 88 years old. .
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in career earnings next year. arguably the most successful competitor in the hisry of the sport. he doesn't have owe olympic medal at least not yet. the committee expected to meet and expected golf be included in the 2016 olympics. tiger says if he is not retired by then. he would be an elderly 40. you see the new "sports illustrated" cover, right? there are actually four of them. regional covers. see them here? that's texan 00 far right, i think. this is not entirely sure who they all are. i know who that is on the far left. the one everybody in the southeast region of the united states will get. sneed and the old miss rebels ranked 50 this year. we have the top group here. florida, they beat them last year. florida, texas, oklahoma, usc, virginia tech and ole miss. ranks ahead of alabama and the sec west and lsu sec west. they have them both at home.
we shall see hottie taughty. president obama holding town hall meeting in health care reform in new hampshire. the discussion relatively calm compared to some of the lawmakers' recent town halls. recovery teams pulling from the hudson river a small plane that flew into a helicopter. they have now covered all nine of the victims on board. and on this day back in 1994. major league baseball players walked off the job. starting the longest strike in league history. team owners pushing for a salary cap. the players pushed back claiming they were already under paid. for 234 days. >> the two sides refused to cave. the world series canceled for the first time since 1904. money lost. fans furious. the montreal expos had the best record in baseball but saw the dream season cut short. finally on the 31st of march, in 1995, a judge named sonia sotomayor ruled against the owners, end the labor dispute that began 15 years ago